Your Children Already Know What They’re Getting for Christmas — Thanks, Internet
This is the title published by The Wall Street Journal. Following is the story of child buys Pokemon gifts using sleeping mom’s fingerprints
A fingerprint-ID locked phone wasn’t going to stop this 6-year-old from catching ’em all.
Online purchases have been a pain in the wallet for parents, with the Federal Trade Commission hitting Apple, Google and Amazon with protests charging the companies of making it too easy for kids to make in-app purchases.
Kids buying online without their parents’ authorization has cost these companies millions in settlements. For Bethany Howell, in Arkansas, her daughter’s unsolicited shopping spree reportedly cost her $250 in Pokemon presents.
The wannabe Ash Ketchum — or maybe Team Rocket is more apt — made use of her mother’s thumb to unlock a phone and open the Amazon app as mom napped on the couch just days before Christmas, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Little Ashlynd requested 13 Pokemon presents for herself, and told her parents she was “shopping” when they thought their Amazon account was hacked. The 6-year-old at least enthused her parents though that she got the shipping address right.
Howell was only allowed to return four of the items, after her daughter’s scheme was foiled. She told Ashlynd that Santa Claus found out about her fingerprint folly and wouldn’t be bringing her all the gifts.
Apparently Saint Nick isn’t the only one who sees you when you’re sleeping. So parents, start wearing gloves to bed.